Oncology Rounds

The latest news and research on cancer care from the Oncology Roundtable.

Smoking kills. Can telephone-based cessation counseling help?

by Deirdre Saulet and Ashley Riley May 16, 2017

When the USPSTF in 2013 recommended low-dose CT screening for patients at high risk for lung cancer, organizations across the country started investing in lung cancer screening programs—a critical component of which is smoking cessation counseling. Unfortunately, limited resources and logistical barriers for patients often make it difficult to deliver effective smoking cessation counseling.

Could telehealth be the solution? Keep reading to find out.

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Lessons learned from our first Oncology Care Model panel

by Deirdre Saulet May 3, 2017

At one of our first 2017 Oncology Roundtable National Meeting sessions a few weeks ago, we heard from experts on a topic that is top-of-mind for many leaders: The Oncology Care Model (OCM).

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To PSA test, or not to PSA test: That is the question.

Deirdre Saulet April 14, 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) just issued a draft recommendation softening its stance against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing. 

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Just released! The CAHPS Cancer Care Survey is now available

by Deirdre Saulet and Bryan Miller April 5, 2017

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released the finalized version of the CAHPS for Cancer Care Survey. Cancer programs can use the survey, which has been in development since 2009, to capture data on their cancer patients' care experience.

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How many surgeons does your cancer program need?

by Deirdre Saulet and Ashley Riley March 22, 2017

Surgeons are a key part of the cancer care team, and more programs are now investing in specialized surgeons. But which tumor sites require specialized surgeons? And how many do you need? Keep reading to find out.

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A prescription for reducing cancer patients' use of high-cost opioids

by Katherine Wister March 8, 2017

Pain is one of the most debilitating side effects of cancer. It severely impacts patients' quality of life and has even been linked to decreased survival.

But pain management is far from simple. Many studies show that patients feel their physicians don't manage their pain adequately—and at the same time, many physicians have taken a more cautious approach to prescribing opioids amid an epidemic of misuse.

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How your genetic counseling program can go from 'good' to 'great'

Deirdre Saulet February 22, 2017

The field of genetics is evolving rapidly. Recently, our team spoke with Sandra Brown, Mary Freivogel, and Erica Ramos from the National Society of Genetic Counselors to understand how the role of cancer genetic counselors is changing, how to set up an effective counseling program, and more.

Read on to find out what we learned about building a comprehensive genetic counseling program and how to attract genetic counselors to your cancer center. 

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Oncologists were told to 'Choose Wisely'—but did that actually lead to change?

by Julia Venanzi February 7, 2017

Reducing aggressive end-of-life care is a major priority in oncology. Not only is such care costly to patients, their families, insurers, and caregivers, but it can also negatively affect patients' and caregivers' quality of life.

To focus attention on this issue, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) included end-of-life care in the first year of its Choosing Wisely campaign. Keep reading to see the impact these guidelines had on clinical practice.

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